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Mali Restaurant

Mali Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.malirestaurant.com
  • Phone: (404) 874-1411
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai, Sushi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Mannie Kachintagsa (404) 874-1411

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Highland Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Mali Restaurant
According to Zagat, "This "excellent" local spot where Va-Highlanders meet is known for its "great patio" and "good, reasonably priced sushi and Thai food"; it's a mystery why it's "rarely crowded", but "those who love it" and want to keep it all to themselves "hope it stays that way."
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Mali is consistently a great restaurant. Flavorful dishes that are nicely presented. New bar area is nice but they need to work on the drink service a bit as it took awhile to receive our order."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This is one of the the best Thai restaurants in Atlanta. And if you want to get Sushi, it's excellent"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "My husband and I went for our birthday to this restaurant for the first time. The servers were outstanding and the food delicious. They have a nice patio but it was raining so we sat inside and the place is nice and modern. We will definitely go back in another special occasion."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Love your new addition to this neighborhood gem! We introduced our friends to this long-time fav of our, and they were not disappointed. Glad you added on, as you are always busy!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We love this place. It has a neat vibe, the cocktails are delicious and the food is just right. I liked the Siam Tofu - lots of veggies. When they say something is spicy, they mean it! I love that, but if you don't they are happy to tone it down for you. I recomend the Espresso Martini or the Pear Tree Martini - yummy. I enjoy sitting near the front, so I can watch the people traffic go by on Highland. The tables in the very front that are low to the ground are neat - fun for kids, too. The hostess area is a bit of a tight squeeze, but other than that, they layout of the place is great as well. I’d especially recommend this place for a date night (free parking in the back) or a night out with friends."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Mali's always delivers. Just a great place for good food and comfortable environment. Always a great date location. Service is great as well as the ambiance."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Nice place. A lot of outdoor seats. Good food. Too long waiting for food after ordering on my first visit. Thursday night at about a third capacity."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We LOVE Mali. It is the only restaurant we have gone to over and over even though there are 400 other restaurants in Atlanta to try. Food is consistantly good. Service is alway friendly. Mango sticky rice is sooooooo good!! New expanded area is really great."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "I have been going to this restaurant for 20 years. Their Thai and Sushi IS TO DIE FOR! The Sushi is awesome.....try Super Crush, Bagel Roll, and California Roll. I have been eating there at lease once a week. This restaurant sets it apart from most Thai restaurants. For example, I always order Penang Curry........SPICY HOT.......This is what puts Mali is a class of itself....at Mali, I get a whole chicken breast---but if you go to most Thai restaurants...you get these “DINKY” pieces.... The staff is AWESOME...they provide incredible service."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We have been regulars at Mali for more than a decade. However, after our experience last night, we will not be back for a long time. It took 30 minutes to receive our drinks, then they were wrong. Food was way below par. They were out of two wines on the menu. Servers were flying up and down the stairs behind us to get drinks from the new bar area to the other end of the restaurant. We hope these are growing pains and not the new Mali."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Always fantastic service and great food and the new space is great!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Sushi was spot-on and the heat was just right in the red curry. Enjoyed the patio even on a hot ATL summer night."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Hands down my favorite restaurant in Atlanta. Get the crazy roll, the spider roll, the tom yum soup and the red curry with chicken. Amazing!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We were looking for a Thai restaurant in the ATL area for a double-date outing. We found Mali - and I'm glad we did. The service was great, the outdoor seating was comfortable, and more importantly the food was AMAZING! I used to love Thai food, but haven't had it too often because the last few places that I have been have been so-so, but Mali has made me a believer again! Everything was perfect! Everyone in the party enjoyed their appetizers and main dishes ---and my Mai Tai wasn't too bad either! Definitely recommend this place and we will be back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I come to Mali Thai rather often, and it never seems to fail me. I usually get the Pad Thai and Siam Tofu, and they are delectable. The service is always friendly and attentive--I will definitely come back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Despite a mild renovation being underway, we were very pleased with the food, service and overall value. My guest lives in the neighborhood and was very familiar with Mali as a dinner spot but didn't know of the lunch menu. Again, great selection, food and value."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food here is always delicious, but service seems to have suffered. Getting food to the table was a little slow, but the problem really arose after we finished eating -- we waited nearly 30 minutes to get a check delivered and credit card processed."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Mali is a great restaurant for Thai food. it is the best in Atlanta!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Only down side is sushi pieces are quite a bit smaller than other comparable sushi restaurants."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was just awesome. I cant believe even their dessert was good."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This restaurant is great for a special occasion, the service is great and the food is if geat quality . The food plating fits each dish perfectly. I am a spus chef in training at the East Lake Golf Club. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. The food is delicious and the prices are cheap."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food was not only tasty, but beautifully plated. My whole family enjoyed the food. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the dining experience is one I would love to repeat. I found another new restaurant gem in Atlanta."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We live within walking distance to Mali and eat there frequently. The last couple of times have not been up to the standard we have come to expect from Mali. I don't know if they have changed their chef or maybe trying something new - I don't know. This time my wife tried the sushi and it was not good. We have eaten sushi all over town and this was some of the worst. Kroger sushi is better - way better. The tempura shrimp roll was awful......did not taste fresh. This is not the first time we've had sushi at Mali and really did not expect much but this time it was just bad. PASS ON THE SUSHI."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "This is our "go to" place! We love it. If you are thinking you should try it you should!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "A beautiful little neighborhood restaurant with authentic Thai food that was immaculately presented. The freshness of the meal positively sang on the plate and enlivened the taste buds while the outdoor patio had a very pleasant and unhurried vibe that complemented the experience."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our server was not very attentive and it was extremely loud sitting on the patio! However I, and the 4 guest with me, thought the food was great! Awesome flavors and great taste! Suggestion: try the ying yangs as an appetizer, delicious!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We love going to Mali for Thai food in Atlanta. There was great weather so everyone sat out on the patio. The place was certainly buzzing on a Monday night. We enjoyed the Thai food as always. The only drawback is the beer selection isn't very big or diverse."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "My wife and I have been coming to Mali for years and it never disappoints. Great food, service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This is my 2nd visit and I must say it impressed me again. The food was excellent and the staff very friendly. I'd recommend to anyone that loves Thai to check this place out. You won't be disappointed. I'll be back much sooner this time."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Even for a simple meal with my husband and a friend, this place delivers exceptional service and the highest-quality food."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food was excellent. If you are visiting on Saturday evening, it would behoove you to make reservations. Popular spot."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Having had a great experience two weeks prior we thought we would try Mali once again and boy was it a mistake. The service was awful throughout (including a 20 minute wait at the front end without any service at all... which was a joy with a two year old!!), the food was massively delayed and when it eventually arrived it was, at best, average. Will likely give it one more try and if its this bad again we'll be consigning it to the 'never visit again' list!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "But I guess what do you expect for a Saturday night. Very loud, very crowded. Service was not as expected. We will stick to visits during the week."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I usually like this restaurant, but last friday, it was too much. too many take out orders, too many zifty drivers. The restaurant was noisy, the service was spotty because they were too busy. and the food was ok."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Dining area is a little tight, the food an service was great. We will be back!!!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "After reading the reviews, i was very excited about this place, but the food was not up to the same as other sushi restaurants I have been to. I would give it a 3 out of 5. Service was good and the aesthetics were nice, but the fish was not as fresh as I was expecting."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went valentines day - made a reservation on open table and had a special table requested! We got our table had a fabulous bottle if wine, split two appetizers and two main courses and were not rushed! We were well cared for by our server! And everything was great! The tempura was the best I have ever had, The curry amazing! Pad Thai was perfect - not overly sauced! And it was a lovely time in a cute city restaurant! We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Wonderful food greAt place to take someone special"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I like everything about this place but the front of house needs work. We showed-up with a reservation and stood around for 15 minutes before being spoken to. They are lucky Im not the kind of person to get upset by that but I know a lot if people who plainly would not tolerate that kind of treatment. Overall, the food and service were good."
    Dined on 2/13/2014